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Quick action by passing motorist saves garage from being destroyed by fire

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Quick action by passing motorist saves garage from being destroyed by fire
October 10,2013
Boyd A. Loving
2:17 PM

Ridgewood NJ, Jeffery Creegan (grey shorts and blue t-shirt in photos), a Ridgewood volunteer firefighter, happened to be in the right place at the right time on Thursday morning.  Mr. Creegan was driving along Grove Steet in Ridgewood when he noticed heavy smoke emanating from a detached, single car garage located at the corner of Grove Street and Eastside Avenue.  Creegan stopped his pickup truck immediately, dialed 911 to report the fire, ran into a nearby yard, found an operating garden hose, entered the garage, determined the fire was limited to rubbish on the floor, and snuffed the blaze out before it spread to the garage itself and a nearby home.

A full complement of Ridgewood FD personnel, led by FD Chief James Van Goor, arrived within minutes of Creegan’s 911 call, ventilated the structure of smoke with high velocity fans, and used thermal imaging devices to ensure the fire had not spread.  An investigation conducted by Ridgewood PD Patrol Officer Shayne James (in blue police uniform) and FD Chief Van Goor (in black turnout coat with ‘RFD Chief” & “Van Goor” on backside) determined that the fire was likely started by the improper disposal of a cigarette butt. (resident of home is wearing black sweatshirt with white stripe and red shirt underneath in photos).

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2 thoughts on “Quick action by passing motorist saves garage from being destroyed by fire

  1. boy shane you are like super man.you are all over the place.

  2. detached garage, garden hose, high velocity fans thermal cameras.?????? You are kidding , right??

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